Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Garcia Stops Duno After 1:38 Minutes Of Action
By Daniel Cloutier
Photos: Marlene Marquez
LAS VEGAS - The Californian Ryan Garcia became the new
lightweight (135 pounds) WBC Silver and NABO North
American champion, in beating another Californian
Roberto Duno, by TKO in the first round Saturday evening
in the ring of the MGM Arena in Las Vegas.
Garcia attacked furiously in the first round, and he
finally sent Duno on the canvas with a solid right hand
on the chin. Because Duno looked seriously hurt, the
referee intervened to declare him TKO after only 1:38
minute of action in the fight.
“I started the fight in attacking seriously, and the
result was great, said Garcia after the bout. Duno also
was aggressive and he gave me opportunities to hurt him.
I am ranked in the world, then, I hope to get a shot for
a major title in the months to come.”
Garcia, who stayed undefeated in 19 pro fights (19-0-0),
is ranked fourth contender by the WBA, eight by the WBC
and 6th by the WBO.He is definitively in position to
dispute a world championship.
Duno (21-2-0) suffered of his worst lost in pro boxing.
Blair Cobbs, a fighter from Las Vegas, won the vacant
NABF welterweight (147 pounds) North American
championship, in beating the Mexican Carlos Ortiz
(11-5-0) by TKO in the seventh round. Cobbs stayed
Cobbs, who was moving constantly in the ring and made a
lot of surprises attacks, provoked a knockdown in the
second minute of the sixth round.
In the seventh round, Cobbs maintained his charges and
the referee stopped the bout in declaring Ortiz TKO.
“My opponent was a good puncher, but I made my attacks
at the right moment and look the result,” said Cobbs.
“No doubt, I was faster than him. Ortiz punched back to
my head early in the fight, but I came back in the fight
like you saw it. I am ready to face the best
welterweights in the world. Nobody can knock me out.”
The Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev won an IBF super
welterweight (154 pounds) elimination bout, in beating
the Spanish Jorge Fortea by unanimous decision in 12
Murtazaliev attacked energetically in most of the
rounds, forcing his rival to fight more defensively than
It was a complete domination for the Russian, who is
ranked sixth contender by the IBF and fourth by the WBO.
Murtazaliev hopes to dispute a world championship bout
“I felt good and I followed the advices of my trainers
who told me to not force anything in the bout,” said
Murttazaliev. “I really believe I will become better and
better with the time.”
The middleweight (160 pounds) Meirim Nursultanov, from
Kazakstan, won the WBC USNBC title in beating the
Mexican Cristian Olivas (16-6-0) by unanimous decision
in 10 rounds.
Nursultanov was the aggressor from the beginning to the
end and he connected more jabs and power shots than his
opponent in almost every rounds. Nursultanov improved
his perfect record to 13-0-0.
“I got a good fight, a good performance, I was really
prepared for this challenge, but my rival was very touch
like you saw it. But fight 10 rounds was not a problem,
I was prepared for it.”
The Texan Tristan Kalkbreuth, a cruiserweight (190
pounds) obtained his third win in pro boxing (3-0-0),
with a win by unanimous decision in four rounds over
Twon Smith (3-4-0).
Clearly, Kallkbreuth was more productive offensively
than his rival. “I knew that my opponent was tough, I
knew he got more experience than me, but I did good in
the ring and I won the bout. I was hoping to win the
fight by KO, it’s not happened, but this win will
certainly help me for my future in boxing.”
The super welterweight Evan Holyfield, the son of the
former world champion Evander Holyfield, got successful
pro debut, with a victory by TKO in the first round over
Nick Winstead (0-2-0), from the State of Louisiana.
Holyfield attacked intensively in the first round, he
provoked a knockdown, and the referee intervened to
declare Winstead, from Las Vegas, by TKO after 2.22
minutes of action in the fourth round.
In the only female fight of the evening, the Californian
Seniesa Estrada won the NABF and NABO super bantamweight
North American championships, with a victory by
unanimous decision over the Texan Marlen Esparza.
The referee stopped the bout after the ninth round,
because Esparza got a very severe cut to the forehead.
But because this cut has been provoked by an accidental
head butt, the result of the fight has been decided by
the judges who all gave the fight handily to Estrada.
Estrada increased her pro record to 18-0-0, and for
Esparza, it was a first defeat in eight pro bouts